Dixie Fire Lawsuit
Nadrich & Cohen is actively retaining victims of the Dixie Fire. PG&E has been found responsible for starting the fire, and California law holds utilities responsible for damages caused by fires they start.
We are representing Dixie Fire victims on a contingency fee basis, meaning no fee is charged until and unless we obtain a financial recovery.
You may be eligible for financial compensation if you or a loved one was injured by, or had property damaged or destroyed by the Dixie Fire. Call us today at (530) 479-3121 for a free consultation, or use the texting feature on this page.
Why Hire Nadrich & Cohen?
We are local to you. Many of the other law firms that are currently advertising for Dixie Fire claims are based in other states. By hiring Nadrich & Cohen you will have peace of mind knowing that the attorneys representing you and your family are local and accessible to you.
We are experienced California Wildfire lawyers who have pursued claims against PG&E on behalf of clients who suffered injuries and losses in the Camp Fire of 2018, Wine Country Fire of 2017, Butte County Fire of 2015 and the Kincade Fire of 2019.
Attorneys on our legal teams have held leadership positions in past PG&E Wildfire litigation.
We have the necessary resources and experience to take on PG&E, because we’ve done it before.
Our local office is located in Quincy, CA in Plumas County.
231 Main Street
Quincy, CA 95971
There is no upfront cost for our services. We only collect a fee, if a recovery is made.
We are here to help you.
What Dixie Fire Compensation Am I Entitled To?
The types of compensation you may be entitled to in a Dixie Fire lawsuit will vary depending on your circumstances. You may be entitled to many types of compensation, including compensation for:
- Cost to replace or repair your home and property
- Personal property and belongings lost in the fire
- Evacuation Costs
- Emotional Distress
- Wage Loss
- Injury or Death caused by fire
- Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Land value depreciation
- Damage to timber, trees or underwood
- Crop loss
- Harm to or loss of livestock or pets
- Business losses
- Business interruption
- Any of the above which was caused by a mudslide caused by the Dixie Fire destabilizing soil
What Started The Dixie Fire?
CAL FIRE, in a January 4, 2022 statement, concluded “after a meticulous and thorough investigation” that the Dixie Fire was started when a tree contacted PG&E’s power lines west of Cresta Dam.
The Dixie Fire, according to an electrical incident report PG&E sent to state utility regulators, was first spotted by a PG&E troubleman at around 4:40 PM on July 13, 2021. The troubleman was responding to a PG&E outage system indication that power was lost at Cresta Dam off Highway 70 in the Feather River Canyon at about 7 AM.
The troubleman, according to the PG&E report, observed two blown fuses, a tree leaning into PG&E power lines, and a fire on the ground below the tree.
ABC 10 reported that the PG&E worker told a PG&E dispatcher “There’s a tree on a line that started a fire,” then when asked if he was sure, responded, “Correct. No, that started it… it fell, fell into the line.”
Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey implied that one reason it took PG&E almost 10 hours from the time of the Cresta Dam outage to detect the fire was that PG&E failed to make the ticket they put in to inspect the Cresta Dam outage a high priority ticket, meaning the troubleman had to first attend to higher priority tickets before attending to the Cresta Dam outage report.
PG&E, in a July SEC filing, acknowledged that it is “probable” the utility will incur financial losses related to the Dixie Fire.
The Dixie Fire, as of September 28, 2021, has become the second largest wildfire in California’s history, has destroyed the towns of Greenville and Canyondam, has burned 963,309 acres of land in Butte, Plumas, Lassen, Shasta and Tehama Counties, has led to one fatality and has destroyed 1,329 structures.
Can I Sue PG&E Over The Dixie Fire?
Yes. We intend to sue PG&E over the Dixie Fire, alleging negligence.
“Clueless” tree crews left at-risk trees standing near power lines in the area near the Zogg Fire’s ignition point, according to NBC Bay Area. The California Public Utilities Commission later placed PG&E into enhanced oversight for failing to give enough priority to clearing vegetation around high-risk power lines.
It is negligent, as well as a violation of California laws and regulations, to fail to clear vegetation from the vicinity of power lines when the vegetation is too close to power lines. We believe that the Dixie Fire started because of the same reason the Zogg Fire started: PG&E’s negligent failure to keep dangerous vegetation away from their power lines.
California law allows for fire victims to collect financial compensation for their losses from utilities found responsible for fires. We intend to hold PG&E responsible for their negligence and obtain financial compensation for your Dixie Fire losses.
What Should I Do If The Dixie Fire Destroyed My Property?
Document all property and possessions lost in the fire, and immediately contact your insurance company.
Contact Nadrich & Cohen for a free consultation to see if you are eligible for a Dixie Fire lawsuit and, if so, how much you may be able to obtain in a lawsuit.
Will My Insurance Cover My Dixie Fire Losses?
Your insurance company may not cover all of your Dixie Fire losses. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused prices of all kinds to increase, including the prices of lumber and other materials used for building. Increased prices, as well as high labor costs resulting from high contractor demand, may cause your rebuilding costs to exceed the limits of your insurance coverage.
Insurance companies are leaving California to avoid wildfire payouts, and some victims of the Camp Fire are still fighting to receive insurance payouts almost three years later.
Filing a Dixie Fire lawsuit against PG&E may help to cover any Dixie Fire losses that your insurance won’t cover.
Judge William Alsup Questions PG&E
U.S. District Judge William Alsup requested information from PG&E about the Dixie Fire and Fly Fire on August 6, 2021. PG&E submitted a response on August 16, 2021. Alsup had requested photographs of the tree suspected of starting the Dixie Fire, and PG&E provided 15 photos.
Drone Seen Near Fire
Alsup had asked about a drone which was seen near the fire on the day the fire started; the drone apparently interfered with firefighting efforts. PG&E responded that it doesn’t know who was operating the drone, or why the drone was there.
Power Line Inspection Dates And Risk Ratings
Alsup had asked when the section of power lines suspected of starting the Dixie Fire was last worked on, and what its risk ranking was. PG&E responded that a detailed inspection of the span last occurred on May 13, 2021, and that the inspection determined that no corrective action was necessary. PG&E also responded that the last tree work performed near the span was done in June 2019, and that the last vegetation management patrol performed on the span was performed on January 14, 2021. The patrol, according to PG&E, did not identify the tree suspected of starting the fire for work.
PG&E told Alsup that the section of power lines was ranked 11 out of 3,635 circuit sections in terms of equipment failure risk and 568 out of 3,074 circuit sections in terms of probability of contact from vegetation.
Alsup Notes Inconsistencies
Alsup then had follow-up questions for PG&E on August 17. Alsup noted in the questions that a photograph of a thoroughly burned tree stump doesn’t match up with other photos of the fallen tree showing that it was green and mostly unburned.
Alsup noted that PG&E had told a monitor that it believed the drone which interfered with firefighting efforts was, in fact, being operated by a PG&E contractor. Alsup also asked why the span of power lines in question was given such elevated equipment failure and vegetation contact risk ratings.
Alsup Notes Further Inconsistencies, Questions Troubleman’s Role In Fire
Alsup had further follow-up questions for PG&E on August 18. These questions seemed to imply that Alsup suspected that a PG&E troubleman may have actually started the Dixie Fire.
Alsup stated that it “does not add up” that the line disruption suspected of starting the fire was recorded at 6:48 AM on July 13, yet when the PG&E troubleman saw the fire after 4:40 PM, it was only 600-800 square feet in size. Alsup noted that nobody saw the fire until the troubleman arrived, and asked what, if anything, the troubleman did that may have started the fire.
Alsup specifically asked if the troubleman tried to replace a fuse while the tree was still leaning on the power lines and the circuit still had a good load, possibly causing arcing and a fire in the process.
Alsup submitted an order on August 19 stating that answers to his questions shall be sworn under oath.
Dixie Fire Lawyers
You need experienced California wildfire attorneys if you want to recover the most money possible in a Dixie Fire lawsuit. We are currently handling thousands of California wildfire claims, including claims against PG&E relating to the Camp Fire, Zogg Fire and Kincade Fire. Utilities like PG&E fear seeing our names on a lawsuit because they know we can prove their negligence directly caused a fire to start.
We have extensive experience holding PG&E responsible for their negligent failure to maintain their power lines and the vegetation surrounding them, and this experience means we can obtain the largest recovery possible in a Dixie Fire lawsuit to compensate you for your Dixie Fire. Best of all, we can represent you without charging you an upfront fee or any money out of your own pocket. Our only fee is a portion of your recovery; we don’t charge a fee if we don’t obtain financial compensation for you.
PG&E’s incompetence has cost Californians far too much for far too long. Call our Dixie Fire lawyers today at (530) 479-3121 for a free consultation so we can obtain justice for you and hold PG&E accountable for their failures.